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Proceedings of the Conn. State Convention of Colored Men, Held at New Haven, June 6th and 7th, 1865.

1865CT State New Haven proceedings-page10.pdf

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RULES.

I. No speaker shall be allowed to speak more than twice on one subject, or more than five minutes each time.

II. All resolutions must be submitted to the Convention, in writing.

REV. W.J. Fuller then moved that the report of the business committee be accepted, and that it be taken by subjects and sections.

The motion was adopted.

The subject of the "Auxiliary League" was taken up, whereupon a lengthened and animated discussion on the necessity and nature of the League took place, in which Messrs. Burr, Jeffrey, Fuller, Swears, Cardozo and others participated.

A reading of the Preamble and Constitution of the "National Equal Rights League" was then called for by the Convention. The Chairman requested the Secretary of the business committee to read it.

PREAMBLE AND CONSTITUTION OF THE NATIONAL EQUAL RIGHTS LEAGUE

WHEREAS, The purposes entertained by the callers of this Convention, and those who have responded to that call, can be best promoted by a close union of all interested in the principles of justice and right sought to be established; therefore, be it

Resolved, That we proceed to organize an association, to be called the "National Equal Rights League," with auxiliaries and subordinate associations in the different states.

Resolved, That, in the establishment of the Colored Men's National League, we do not seek to disorganize or in any way interfere with any existing society or institution of a benevolent or other character; but believing that the interests of colored men

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